The autobiographical journey of New Zealand’s leading dance duo. A contemporary dance performance that explores two lives with insight, sensitivity and raw human drama.
Four of the strongest voices in New Zealand Dance combine their talents to bring a powerful and evocative dance performance to the stage. Presented as a five act autobiographical dance journey; Tama Ma is powerfully performed by Taane Mete and Taiaroa Royal; the distinguished Douglas Wright choreographs Act Two while the extraordinary talents of Michael Parmenter shape Act Four. Tama Ma tells the story of two men who travel from boyhood, to manhood, and the real life tale of love, life, joy and sorrow. The five part act moves from a short dance film projected on stage to a drag queen’s journey to femininity and the return back to masculinity. A young boy’s connection to his Whanau (family) and Iwi (tribe) and a mature man’s ideas of identity are also deeply explored. Tama Ma premiered in Auckland at the Tempo Dance Festival October 2008, and went on to a four centre National Tour in 2009, with phenomenal audience feedback and critical acclaim.
“Tama Ma is a sensational new dance work which is inspiring, simple and honest as well as a bit raunchy and clever.” John Daly-Peoples, National Business Review
“Tama Ma, the hit dance show by Taane Mete and Taiaroa Royal, is a must see event! It is rare to see such complicity and love expressed on stage; their partnership is extraordinary.” Lynne Pringle, Theatreview
“We do not often see choreography that is so deeply drawn from a core of Māori culture and personal experience… This is profoundly important theatre.” Jennifer Shennan, Dominion Post